Click It or Ticket -- Indiana Beginning May 20, officers from more than 260 state and local law enforcement agencies, including the Indiana State Police, will begin conducting high-visibility patrols to detect motorists who fail to buckle up.
Police will work overtime to patrols around the clock, however, there will be special attention focused on nighttime drivers. Research has shown that motorists are less likely to be restrained during nighttime hours, increasing their risk of death or injury in a collision by more than 40 percent.
While Indiana has reached a record high observed seat belt usage rate of 92.4% for all vehicles, not all Hoosiers are taking the use of seat belts seriously. According to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI), there were 754 fatalities on Hoosier roadways in 2010. More than half of those (54 percent) were unrestrained.
A slogan familiar to motorists the world over, Click It or Ticket uses a combination of enforcement and public education to remind drivers that failing to buckle up will result in ticket -- no exceptions. Hoosiers should keep in mind that the use of a seat belt or proper child restraint is required by Indiana law for every motor vehicle occupant.